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Getting started with Zenstores

Part 2: Choosing labels and setting up your account

Once you’ve connected your ecommerce platforms and couriers to your Zenstores account, you need to decide which labels you want to use. Different types and sizes of labels are compatible with different couriers:

Thermal labels: Thermal labels are shipping labels printed using a thermal transfer label printer - they don’t require ink, toner or ribbon.

Standard thermal labels are 6’ x 4’, however thermal labels for APC and DPD vary slightly.

Integrated labels: A sticky labels that’s part of an A4 sheet - often used to print invoices or packing lists on the same sheet as an address label. They allow you to print all the necessary paperwork on one A4 sheet using a regular inkjet or laser printer.

Zenstores supports the Crocodile LZ05 integrated label.

Avery address labels: A brand of A4 label that enables you to print a whole page of address labels at once.

Find out more about different kinds of ecommerce shipping labels here.

What kind of printer do you need to print shipping labels?

For printing shipping labels through Zenstores the printer that you need will depend on which type of label or which courier you are going to be shipping with. You’ll need a thermal label printer for printing thermal labels - two of the best are the Zebra GK420D and the Dymo LabelWriter 4XL. While for integrated and Avery address labels, you can use an inkjet printer or laser printer.

Setting up company details in your account

Before you start printing labels you need to make sure that you enter all of your company details into your Zenstores account, as well as setting up tax rates and setting your collection address. You can also add a logo and notes to your invoices.

Customise your invoices in Zenstores

Adding a logo to your invoice makes it looks more professional and will help to establish and build your brand.

  1. Hover over ‘Settings’ then click ‘Company’
    Adding a logo to your invoices
  2. Click ‘add a company logo’ button
    Adding logos to invoices in Zenstores
  3. You can then upload your company logo by clicking ‘Choose file’ and selecting your images as prompted. Then click ‘Save’.
    Adding a logo to your Zenstores invoices
  4. Your logo should then appear on your Company settings page - now it will appear on any invoices and packing slips that you print through Zenstores. 

Adding a note to your invoices

By adding a note to your invoices you can thank customers for their order, offer them a discount on their next orders, or let them know of any sales or offers that are coming up.

  1. Under the company settings page, scroll down to ‘Invoice settings’. Click 'edit'. 
     Add a note to your Zenstores invoice
  2. In the 'Invoice' note text box type your message. If you want this message printed on paper invoices, packing slips and integrated labels as well then check the ‘Include customer notes on print media’ box. Then click ‘save’.
    Add a note to your Zenstores invoice
  3. You can preview how the invoice note will look by selecting an order and clicking ‘print invoice’ - your invoice will appear as a print preview and you can see the message.
Adding a note to your Zenstores invoice

Setting up tax on your invoices

If an order is imported into your Zenstores account and it already has a tax value, like an eBay product, then Zenstores will automatically use that value on your invoices. If your imported orders don’t have a tax value, for example Amazon products, then you can set up your own tax rates in Zenstores.

  1. Hover over ‘Settings’ and click ‘Company’.
    Adding a tax rate in Zenstores

  2. Scroll down to ‘Tax rates’ section and then click ‘Add tax rate’
    Adding tax rates in Zenstores

  3. Select your country from the drop down menu, then enter the percentage of tax.
    adding tax rates in Zenstores

  4. You need to have a separate tax rate for each country that you sell to - Zenstores automatically detects the country for new orders and looks up the relevant tax rate and calculates the tax that’s been charged based on the total order price.
    Adding tax rates for different countries in Zenstores

Once you have set your tax rates, the tax will appear in the cost breakdown at the bottom of your customers’ invoices.

About the author

Verity is a journalist and content producer at Zenstores.

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